Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

Belonging to the group Flatsedge, genus Cyperus sp. The flatsedge pictured here is thought to be species Cyperus squarrosus. common name Bearded flat-sedge. An annual plant that rarely grows above 15 cm high, and sometimes only 5-6 cm in height.

Cyperus sp., Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Cyperus sp., Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Cyperus sp., Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Cyperus sp., Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Cyperus sp., Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Cyperus sp., Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

The Land for Wildlife – Vegetation Type 24 – Coolabah associated with claypans, identifies 8 flatsedge species: Cyperus bifax, Cyperus bulbosus, Cyperus difformis, Cyperus gymnocaulos, Cyperus iria, Cyperus nervulosus, Cyperus rigidellus, Cyperus squarrosus.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Charophyta
  • Class: Equisetopsida
  • Subclass: Magnoliidae
  • Superorder: Lilianae
  • Order: Poales
  • Family: Cyperaceae
  • Genus: Cyperus

Footnote & References

  1. Thanks for genus Cyperus ID to Caragh Heenan member of Alice Springs Field Naturalist Club, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/alicefieldnats/
  2. Vegetation Type 24 – Coolabah associated with claypans, The Land for Wildlife, https://wildlife.lowecol.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/Vegetation24.pdf

Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

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